Garage Workbench

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Project by ixj posted 08-06-2016 02:17 AM 4625 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a workbench across the back wall of my garage shop at the beginning of the year, and I put it to use the second it got a top. It has literally never been clean enough to get a decent picture. It’s probably apparent the top is already stained with oil, paint, and shellac.

The bench is generally constructed from 2×4’s, and the top is 3/4” OSB with a 1/8” hardboard skin. A bank of drawers is installed in the left side, and the right side of the bench is left open so I can roll my lawn mower and an equipment cart underneath.

There is a write-up about building the bench at my website at

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#1 posted 08-06-2016 04:15 AM

That’s a real nice, efficient looking bench.

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#2 posted 08-06-2016 01:09 PM

You really did a nice job on this workbench. It has a lot of great storage in it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 08-06-2016 01:23 PM

Looks like a great addition to your work area. Never can go wrong with the added drawer storage.

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#4 posted 08-06-2016 02:02 PM

That’s a nice ultilitarian bench! I bet it gets used nonstop!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#5 posted 08-06-2016 02:26 PM

nice bench …. work area …...... GREAT JOB


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 08-06-2016 04:57 PM

Looks like that’s going to be a great workbench! Fantastic job!

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#7 posted 08-06-2016 09:16 PM

A nice looking bench. Something I have always wondered about with benches with drawers is how much the contents get jumbled up during something like cutting mortises or even doing some bench top routing. Does it really mess up the drawers or do you have dividers or something to keep the cutting edges from banging into things?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 08-06-2016 09:40 PM

Nice workbench

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 08-06-2016 10:09 PM

Mark- The bench doesn’t really move enough to mess up the drawer contents. The weight of the bench (plus contents) and just being up against a wall keeps everything really stiff.

Drawer dividers aren’t a bad idea. Some of the drawers with smaller pieces do get jumbled up if I open the drawers fast.

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#10 posted 08-07-2016 12:54 AM

Great looking workbench—sturdy, efficient, and lots of storage!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 08-07-2016 12:57 AM

Storage Good! Unnh!


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#12 posted 08-08-2016 02:57 AM

Nice work, a good looking functional bench.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 08-09-2016 10:21 PM

Nice job! Here’s a couple of hints for the future….install some heavy duty poly casters for mobility. Its nice to take the bench to the garage center for those large projects plus gives you the ability to walk around your project. And, I did my top with 7/16” OSB and hardboard…..still doing great 15 years later. My mobile bench though I topped with 1 1/2” thick floor grade plywood….(I sandwiched two sheets of 3/4” ply.) After 15 years it’s still flat and true! And when it eventually gets too roughed up, I’ll flip it over and have a brand new side! That’ll save money! Now to go buy some new tools!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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